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NMJCs Evening College: Another Way to Earn a Degree

1/13/2009 12:42:19 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. To accommodate students who work during the day, officials at New Mexico Junior College have announced a significant increase in evening offerings for the Spring 2009 semester.

According to Dr. John Gratton, Vice President for Instruction, there is a 47% increase in the number of sections to be offered this spring, compared to the fall. "NMJC wants students to be able to earn a degree completely at night, if that's their preference. While we have a huge, steadily growing enrollment for our online classes, some people simply have a preference for face-to-face classes, or they want a combination of the two," he said.

"And because many students work during the day and simply can't take off to come to the campus for classes or labs," he said, "NMJC is trying to ensure that they can complete their degree completely at night by offering all necessary courses in our enhanced Evening College. There are 147 sections of evening classes this spring, compared to 100 sections that were offered in the fall, and each department is still checking carefully to make sure that students who prefer to earn a degree completely at night can do so."

Michael Rutledge, Director of Instructional Technology, said that the college's evening Interactive Television (ITV) classes are increasing as well. While there were no Spring 2008 evening ITV classes to compare, and only three such classes in the fall, there are now four on the lineup for this spring. And even though enrollment isn't complete until January 16, the numbers are already up and Rutledge is saying he wouldn't be surprised to see the number almost double by the time enrollment is officially over.

"There's no doubt that online classes are extremely popular," he said, "but ITV classes offer another dimension altogether, since you can see and speak with your instructor and fellow classmates in live time. A lot of people try online courses and decide it's not personal enough for them, but they don't want to drive to another town to take a class. So this is extremely convenient for Lea County residents since they don't have to leave their hometowns at all. It's an easy, alternative way to bring education to the students."

According to Rutledge, anyone who wants to take one of the evening ITV classes can do so at the high schools in Tatum, Lovington, Eunice, and Jal, or at New Mexico Junior College's Pannell Library, where the ITV class is located upstairs.
"All evening ITV classes are offered from 6-9 pm, and there's a good lineup of the basics," he said. "Composition and Literature is offered on Mondays; College Algebra is on Tuesdays, General Sociology is on Wednesdays, and U.S. History from 1877 is offered on Thursdays."

For more information about NMJC's spring 2009 classes, visit the website at nmjc.edu, call 575.392.4510, or come by the campus at 5317 Lovington Highway. For more information about NMJC's evening ITV classes, contact Rutledge at 575.492.2648.

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